CDC Director Rochelle Walensky was blasted on Twitter after she celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of the Tuskegee experiments simply by commemorating the “ sacrifice” of the black men who have been involuntarily subjected to human experimentation.
“ This year signifies the 50th anniversary from the end of the Tuskegee syphilis study, ” Walensky tweeted Tuesday, adding, “ The next day, I will be joined by colleagues & #PublicHealth leaders as we honor the 623 African American men, their suffering & sacrifice , and our commitment to ethical study and practice. ”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end from the Tuskegee syphilis study. The next day, I will be joined by co-workers & #PublicHealth leaders as we honor the 623 African American men, their suffering & sacrifice, and our commitment to ethical research and practice. https://t.co/cbR8Shy0Db
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) November 29, 2022
The particular irony is the black men who took part in the experiments weren’t trying to “ sacrifice” anything because they were unable informed they’d be subjected to human experimentation where they’d be unknowingly injected with a sexually-transmitted disease.
Walensky was lighted up on Twitter for making it seem like the human test topics voluntarily agreed to the testing.
Wow, just wow. To think someone approved the wording for this tweet. Horrible and very misleading. What individuals men suffered was horrible.
— taria ✝ ️ 🇺 🇸 +🇹 🇹 (@tdfrancois) November 30, 2022
Since it’s the public account I am pretty sure @CDCDirector herself had to approve it. Absolutely disgusting! Whitewashing history to call non-consensual testing on humans a “ sacrifice” that they made.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺 🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) November thirty, 2022
This is revolting and you should be ashamed of yourself
— Mobley 🏴 (@mobleywho) November 30, 2022
Her tweet is so excessive. Those men had simply no say in what happened and didn’t consent to everything. It was Josef Mengele degree cruelty.
Just incredible that she published that.
— Cherry “ Freedom Regarding All” Davis (@DACDAC4DAC) November 30, 2022
What media innere thought this phrasing was obviously a good idea?! This grosses me out… how do you still have a position having this type of attitude?
— R. Roz 🐊 (@reeseonable) November 30, 2022
please delete this- ‘ sacrifice’? – they failed to voluntarily participate to suffer, die from, and have their children develop congenital syphilis… they were sacrificed to the altar associated with racism and white supremacy with no consent- treated like guinea pigs. ffs.
— Dr . Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) November 30, 2022
JFC I say being an Indigenous person you need to remove this. Heroizing research subjects who couldn’t give permission cause they didn’t understand they were in a trial.
Next tell me just how much you respect the compromise of the children in the nutrition/dental in Canadian Residential Universities.
— Matthew Oliver (@sameo416) December 1, 2022
This is fucking disgusting.
— Clifton Duncan. (@cliftonaduncan) Nov 30, 2022
The particular CDC director casually mentioning human experimentation without alluding to its horror feels like Balenciaga’s normalizing of pedophilia. Eventually people become numb and don’t pay attention and/or just accept it.
— Josh Stylman (@jstylman) November 30, 2022
At least you now guys experiment on all of the races.
Real equal opportunity murderers.
— Marc Lobliner – IFBB Pro (@MarcLobliner) November 30, 2022
They did not sacrifice. They WERE sacrificed. Terms matter.
— LawyerLady (@LawyerLady4) November 30, 2022
Either you don’t understand how evil you are. Or you do. pic. twitter. com/7576X8xgOh
— Viva Frei (@thevivafrei) November 30, 2022
Imagine honoring Doctor Mengele’s victims for their “ sacrifice. ” You might want to delete this tweet and exhibit it more appropriately.
— Denise Dewald, MD 🗽 (@denise_dewald) November 30, 2022
OMG! You are commemorating one immoral medical experimentation on human beings at the same time as you are committing another immoral healthcare experiment on humans on the far grander scale.
This tweet will be abhorrent and you are a indecent human being. We will NOT forget this.
— Roy Nathanson (@roy_nathanson) November 30, 2022
“ Sacrifice” is not the best word. They were lied in order to. “ Suffering” is proper.
— Myron B. Pitts (@FOmyronpitts) November 30, 2022
This is an astonishing twitter update. You have got to be kidding. Those people men were victims. 🤦 ♂ ️
— — (@MB05076) November thirty, 2022
You really reframed that as a positive matter? pic. twitter. com/SOIMVqUoxF
— Maverick (@Maverick_LIVE_) November 30, 2022
During the Tuskegee experiments, the US Public Health Service , from 1932 to 1972, conducted illegal testing of syphilis upon human subjects.
“ In that experiment, ” published Farid Zakaria of The People’s Blog for that Constitution , “ a few 600 impoverished African-American guys were observed in a study over the progression of untreated syphilis. Some of the men were intentionally infected with the disease and all of them were denied the particular cure. Regrettably, the survey notes, no one was held responsible for this crime against mankind. ”
Even after penicillin became the prescribed treatment of selection for syphilis in 1943, victims duped into the research were denied the remedy.
Indeed the illegal experiments aren’t something the CDC should be commemorating, but instead condemning as a prime example of the way the US government used Americans as guinea pigs with out informed consent.
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